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Research project: NFTs in IP strategy of a company

NFTs (Non-fungible tokens) are becoming more and more economically important, especially with the emergence of web 3.0. There, a host of new use cases in cryptocurrency, the metaverse, digital media and the arts becomes possible. This leads companies ...

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Eligibility of Chinese Patent Applications in the Field of Algorithms and Software

In addition to the foreign applicants who have been constantly investing in China’s patent assets, recent years have also witnessed some big Chinese software companies applying for a large number of invention patents containing algorithms or business ...

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Case Study on IP-Design: Hansgrohe

In the current fast changing world traditional approaches of long term strategic research and development processes might not fit the promptness of change currently taking place. The knowledge-driven economy now sets new challenges that can be summari ...

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EPO Online seminar: Software and patents in medtech: boosting your growth as SME

On Tuesday 13th September the High-growth technology business community (HTBC) initiative organizes the seminar on “Software and patents in medtech: boosting your growth as SME”. The HTBC event is powered by the EPO in cooperation with the CEIPI IP bu ...

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Protection of your trademark against commercial agent or representative’s registrations

Imagine that you do business in a foreign country and your business partner or commercial agent in this country has registered your trademark in his name and is not willing to transfer it to you. Or imagine that you have filed an international applica ...

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Training at identifyHer: Importance of the quality of IP-Management for digital health startups

The healthcare market is a fast growing sector, with around 6% growth per year. One especially relevant area within it are digital health solutions, like health apps. They open up new ways how to convey treatments and open the opportunity to consumer ...

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Double patenting and the Unified Patent Court

In principle, the same subject matter shall not be claimed by two patents. Nevertheless, this does not happen so rarely in practice. This is because patent applicants who claim both national protection and protection by a European patent often file a ...

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Patentability of digital business models: The 6th module of the MIPLM

New developments in digital technologies have led to the emergence of new business models that potentially challenge the present stand of many industries. The business models of enterprises such as Netflix or Tencent have already created measurable ch ...

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Interview with Dr. Jürgen Eiselt about the suitability of a digital learning platform for imparting know-how on IP management

Dr. Eiselt, you are an experienced IP manager who has also worked in several international companies. Why do you think IP management is becoming increasingly important for companies? As a holder of a doctorate in physics and a long-time executive, I a ...

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Design Driven Innovation: The VORWERK Thermomix

A revolution in Europe’s kitchens took place when the Thermomix TM5 was launched in September 2014 to replace its predecessor, the TM31, which had already been on the market since 2004. The TM5 represents Vorwerk’s digital transformation. Not only is ...

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